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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Lady Who Redefined Feminism

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was chosen as today’s Smart Girl because she has encouraged all women to become feminists and stand up for equality for the sexes. She is an inspiration to all young women and a reminder that no matter the circumstances, it is always possible to find success and fulfillment in life.

Feminism is not about angry women who hate men and want to be equal to men in every aspect of society. Feminism is about believing in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. 

Early Life

Adichie was born on 15th September 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria. She is the fifth of six children in an Igbo family. Growing up, her dad was a university professor, while her mother was a registrar at the same university. They lived on the university premises since both of her parents worked at the university. The family was devastated after losing everything to the Nigerian Civil War of 1967-1970.

Adichie was an avid reader from a young age. She found Things Fall Apart by renowned African author Chinua Achebe particularly empowering.

Education

After completing her secondary school education at the University of Nigeria Secondary School, Adichie went on to study medicine at the University of Nigeria. She only studied for about a year before moving to the United States at age 19.

In the United States, she went on to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Pennsylvania before transferring to Eastern Connecticut State University.

In 2003 Adichie earned her Master’s degree in Creative Writing from John Hopkins University. During the period between 2005-2022, Adichie has managed to hold sixteen honorary doctorate degrees from some of the world’s best universities which include; Yale University, University of Edinburgh, and Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, John Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and the Catholic University of Louvain.

Personal Life of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adichie was married to a Nigerian doctor in 2009 and had one daughter born in 2016. The family lives both in the United States and Nigeria, where Adichie conducts writing workshops.

An Inspiration For Young Writers

IN 1997, Adichie published a collection of poems and a short story, My Mother, the Crazy African, a story that highlighted the problems that arose when a person faced two different cultures when growing up.

She was, of course, alluding to her own experiences of growing up in traditional Nigeria where gender roles were already defined by tradition while in America, where she spent most of her adult life, had more freedom for one to choose what to be irrespective of their gender. Adichie confirmed that, indeed problems could arise because of this disconnect.

Adichie wrote many novels and books discussing issues ranging from war, feminism, family relationships, and racism. Her most acclaimed literary works include Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah, The Thing around Your Neck, Ceiling, Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Notes of Grief, and Zikora.

These literary works have won numerous awards and have been featured in lots of publications, inspiring young women who are dreaming of becoming a writer.

Adichie’s Views On Religion, And LGBTQ Rights

Adichie criticized the Nigerian Government after it passed an anti-gay homosexuality bill terming the act unconstitutional and a strange priority for a country that had real issues to deal with.

She has also recognized that religion can be anti-women since religion portrays women as not equal beings and can be used as an excuse to oppress women. Adichie has called for both Muslim & Christian leaders to preach and togetherness.

Famous Creative Works By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is well known for her famous TED talks that have garnered millions of views on YouTube. Some of her famous TED talks include, The Danger of a Single Story and We should all be Feminists.

Adichie is also known to have featured in Beyoncé’s Flawless. In the song intro, Beyoncé defines herself as a lady who defines feminism. Adichie redefined feminism from being viewed as being meant for angry women who hated men and just wanted to be equal to them to people who believe in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.

Adichie is our modern-day hero for her dedication, hard work, and resiliency in redefining how society views feminism. Her hard work and perseverance in the face of criticism have pushed the message of feminism forward and made it more inclusive for women of all backgrounds. She reminds us that true feminism means fighting against all forms of discrimination, not just those facing cisgender, straight white women. Through her speeches, essays, and novels, Adichie continues to be an inspiration for future generations to seek justice and equality for all. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated hero at the forefront of the fight for feminism in our modern world.

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Hannah

Hannah

Founder, Smart Girl, Survivor, Champion of womens rights and kids rights

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